Every so often someone asks if I’d use an SSD to store recordings in a DVR. Just a few years ago, I would have quickly replied “No.” SSD endurance just wasn’t up the demands of recording TV broadcasts.
But the last few years have seen some advances in the durability of SSDs. Now rather than “No”, the answer is “It depends…”
I recently read a newsgroup thread that started with someone asking just what high definition was. The thread wound in some surprising ways, with individuals asserting, among other things, that anything 16:9 was high definition and that 480i digital content was high definition (while presumably 480i analog was not). I suspect most of you wouldn’t agree. After all, we all know 720p and 1080i are HD while anything less is SD, right? Well things aren’t quite so clear cut.
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Parting ways with Comcast hasn’t been as traumatic as I’d feared. Netflix’s library of Star Trek episodes has filled my “background TV” needs. And Prime Video along with Netflix have sufficed for those times when I couldn’t find anything to watch OTA.
However every now and then I get that yearning for Discovery and the History Channel. So I was quite intrigued to hear that DIRECTV was launching an IP streaming service. Even better, as part of the early adopter promotion, I could get the “Go Big” package for $35 for life. And to sweeten the deal even more, by pre-paying the first three month’s subscription I could also get the new AppleTV free. Needless to say I signed up as soon as the service was available.
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There’s been a lot of chatter about interlaced vs. progressive video and how progressive video is inherently superior. Interlaced video, in comparison is said to be Just Plain Evil. Perhaps it’s my analog video background, but I have a far more favorable view of interlaced video. Continue reading “In defense of interlaced video”